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Ben Rubin, who founded Houseparty, Meerkat and Slashtalk, will peer into the future of social at Disrupt

Ben Rubin understands where social is going. In fact, he understands it so well, he’s always there early. Rubin is the current CEO and co-founder of Slashtalk and an angel investor who scouts for Sequoia Capital. He previously founded Houseparty and Meerkat — apps that pioneered group video chat and mobile livestreaming, respectively — shaping massive social trends in their earliest stages. In 2015, Meerkat took SXSW by storm. The app seemed to have captured lightning in a bottle, and entrenched...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Social Networking, Social Networks, Events, Tech, Epic, Sequoia Capital, Periscope, iOS App Store, Meerkat, Ben Rubin, Irl, Epic Games, Sxsw


Study finds half of Americans get news on social media, but percentage has dropped

A new report from Pew Research finds that around a third of U.S. adults continue to get their news regularly from Facebook, though the exact percentage has slipped from 36% in 2020 to 31% in 2021. This drop reflects an overall slight decline in the number of Americans who say they get their news from any social media platform — a percentage that also fell by 5 percentage points year-over-year, going from 53% in 2020 to a little under 48%, Pew’s study found. By definition, “regularly” here means ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Twitter, News, Media, Instagram, Youtube, Social Media, Linkedin, Tech, Website, Reading, Snapchat, Software, United States, Computing


Cameo launches Cameo Calls, a service for fans to video chat with celebs

If you really want to video chat tonight with William Hung of retro American Idol fame… got twenty bucks to spare? Yesterday, Cameo launched its Cameo Calls products, which lets fans video chat for up to 15 minutes one-on-one with their favorite influencers and celebrities. The talent sets the duration, time, and price of their call, which Cameo says averages around $31. To book a call, users can go to Cameo’s website or app to see a schedule of upcoming Cameo Calls that they can buy. These also...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Celebs, Hollywood, Messaging, Social Media, Tech, Stars, Cameo, Disney Channel, James, Calls, Weasley, William Hung, David Henrie


Demand Curve: How to get social proof that grows your startup

Nick Costelloe Contributor Share on Twitter Nick writes actionable growth marketing insights as head of content at Demand Curve. More posts by this contributor Demand Curve: How to double conversions on your startup’s homepage Demand Curve: 10 lies you’ve been told about marketing When people are uncertain, they look to others for behavioral guidance. This is called social proof, which is a phy...
Tags: Social, Startups, Cloud, Ecommerce, Column, Social Networks, Marketing, Social Media, Tech, E-commerce, SaaS, User Generated Content, Assistant, E-sports, Social Proof, Growth Marketing


Facebook knows Instagram harms teens. Now, its plan to open the app to kids looks worse than ever

Facebook is in the hot seat again. The Wall Street Journal published a powerful multi-part series on the company this week, drawing from internal documents on everything from the company’s secretive practice of whitelisting celebrities to its knowledge that Instagram is taking a serious toll on the mental health of teen girls. The flurry of investigative pieces makes it clear that what Facebook says in public doesn’t always reflect the company’s knowledge on known issues behind the scenes. The r...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Teens, Senate, Elizabeth Warren, Social Media, Tech, Mental Health, The Wall Street Journal, Wall Street Journal, Blackburn, WSJ, Data Security


Facebook revamps its business tool lineup following threats to its ad targeting business

Facebook today is announcing the launch of new products and features for business owners, following the to its ad targeting business driven by Apple’s new privacy features, which now allow mobile users to opt out of being tracked across their iOS apps. The social networking giant has repeatedly argued that Apple’s changes would impact small businesses that relied on Facebook ads to reach their customers. But it was not successful in getting any of Apple’s changes halted. Instead, the market is...
Tags: Apple, Social, Facebook, Messenger, Technology, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Australia, Singapore, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Software, Canada, United States, Ireland


TikTok is hiding a viral challenge that has kids stealing their school’s soap dispensers

It’s back to school season and on TikTok, that means students are inexplicably stealing everything that isn’t bolted down. The latest TikTok trend to generally wreak social havoc sees students pulling off “devious licks” — small-scale heists of everything from soap dispensers, Covid test kits and hand sanitizer to high value items like classroom tech. The videos are set to an edited version of Lil B’s “Ski Ski BasedGod,” which had appeared in around 100,000 videos on TikTok by Monday, according ...
Tags: Social, TC, Students, Tech, Las Vegas, Portland Oregon, Tiktok, Viral trends


Clubhouse hires a head of news from NPR to build out publisher relationships

Clubhouse has hired a veteran editor from NPR to lead news publishing for the app. Nina Gregory will serve as Clubhouse’s Head of News and Media Publishers, working as a liaison between news publishers and the Clubhouse’s ecosystem of audio-based communities. Gregory led NPR’s Arts Desk for the last seven years, shaping the news outlet’s culture and entertainment coverage. “As an audio journalist, [Clubhouse] aligned with what I’ve always believed is the best medium for news,” Gregory told CNN. ...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Spotify, Usa, US, Tech, Cnn, Npr, Usa Today, Clubhouse, Gregory, Broadcasting, Mobile Applications, NPR s Arts Desk, Social Audio


The FDA should regulate Instagram’s algorithm as a drug

Daniel Liss Contributor Share on Twitter Daniel Liss is the founder and CEO of Dispo, the digital disposable camera social network. More posts by this contributor Move fast and break Facebook: A bull case for antitrust enforcement Today’s real story: The Facebook monopoly The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday reported Silicon Valley’s worst-kept secret: Instagram harms teens’ mental health; in fact...
Tags: Health, Social, Facebook, Column, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, Opinion, Government, Social Media, Tech, Joe Biden, Policy, Food And Drug Administration, Silicon Valley, Fda


Beware the hidden bias behind TikTok resumes

Nagaraj Nadendla Contributor Share on Twitter Nagaraj Nadendla is SVP of development at Oracle Cloud HCM, where he leads the development of cloud recruitment solutions including Oracle Recruiting and Taleo. Social media has served as a launchpad to success almost as long as it has been around. The stories of going viral from a self-produced YouTube video and then securing a record deal established the mythology of social medi...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Column, Labor, Opinion, Resume, Social Media, Linkedin, Tech, Diversity, Recruitment, Glassdoor, Human Resource Management, Social Media Platforms, Tiktok


The network effect is anti-competitive

Eric Schwartzman Contributor Share on Twitter Eric Schwartzman is a digital marketing consultant with structured programs for helping individuals and organizations pivot to digital marketing and is the author of “The Digital Pivot: Secrets of Online Marketing.” A U.S. federal judge last week struck down Apple rules restricting app developers from selling directly to customers outside the App Store. Apple’s stock fell 3% on the...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Social, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Uber, Column, Spotify, Social Networks, Republicans, Opinion, Senate, Social Media, Tech, E-commerce


Twitter reopens its account verification process after another pause

Twitter has again restarted its account verification process, the company said on Monday evening by way of a post to its Twitter Verified account, where it publishes updates about the system’s status. Since launching the revamped verification program this spring, Twitter had hit a few snags which have forced it to shut down verifications more than once. The most recent of these pauses was announced on August 13, when the company said it need to make improvements to both the application and revie...
Tags: Social, Apps, Twitter, Tech, Charlottesville Virginia, Matt Navarra, Jason Keller


TikTok expands mental health resources, as negative reports of Instagram’s effect on teens leak

TikTok announced this morning that it is implementing new tactics to educate its users about the negative mental health impacts of social media. As part of these changes, TikTok is rolling out a “well-being guide” in its Safety Center, a brief primer on eating disorders, expanded search interventions, and opt-in viewing screens on potentially triggering searches. Developed in collaboration with International Association for Suicide Prevention, Crisis Text Line, Live For Tomorrow, Samaritans of ...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Singapore, Social Media, Tech, Mental Health, Wall Street Journal, Johns Hopkins Hospital, International Association, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Safety Center, Tiktok, Samaritans UK


LinkedIn launches a $25M fund for creators, will test Clubhouse-style audio feature in coming weeks

When LinkedIn first launched Stories format, and later expanded its tools for creators earlier this year, one noticeable detail was that the Microsoft-owned network for professionals hadn’t built any kind of obvious monetization into the program — noticeable, given that creators earn a living on other platforms like Instagram, YouTube and TikTok, and those apps had lured creators, their content, and their audiences in part by paying out. “As we continue to listen to feedback from our members as ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Enterprise, Microsoft, Social Networks, Social Media, Linkedin, Tech, Snapchat, Software, United States, Stories, Recruitment, Coach, Clubhouse, Social Media Platforms


LinkedIn is launching its own $25M fund and incubator for creators

When LinkedIn first launched Stories format, and later expanded its tools for creators earlier this year, one noticeable detail was that the Microsoft-owned network for professionals hadn’t built any kind of obvious monetization into the program — noticeable, given that creators earn a living on other platforms like Instagram, YouTube and TikTok, and those apps had lured creators, their content, and their audiences in part by paying out. “As we continue to listen to feedback from our members as ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Enterprise, Microsoft, Social Networks, Social Media, Linkedin, Tech, Snapchat, Software, United States, Stories, Recruitment, Coach, Clubhouse, Social Media Platforms


Twitch sues two users for harassing streamers with hate raids

Twitch filed a lawsuit late last week against two people on its own platform for running automated hate and harassment campaigns. The harassment, often targeted at Black and LGBTQ streamers, manifests in a unique Twitch phenomenon as a “hate raid.” On Twitch, creators regularly point viewers toward another friendly account after their stream concludes to boost their audiences, a practice known as a “raid.” Hate raids invert that formula, sending swarms of bots to harass streamers who have inadeq...
Tags: Social, TC, Tech, Austria, Netherlands, Streaming Video, Twitch, Online Harassment, Content Creators, Content Moderation


WhatsApp will finally let users encrypt their chat backups in the cloud

WhatsApp said on Friday it will give its two billion users the option to encrypt their chat backups to the cloud, taking a significant step to put a lid on one of the tricky ways private communication between individuals on the app can be compromised. The Facebook-owned service has end-to-end encrypted chats between users for more than a decade. But users have had no option but to store their chat backup to their cloud — iCloud on iPhones and Google Drive on Android — in an unencrypted format. T...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Privacy, Tech, Whatsapp, Fbi, Philippines, Icloud, Telegram, Signal


Twitter introduces a new label that allows the ‘good bots’ to identify themselves

Twitter today is introducing a new feature that will allow accounts to self-identify as bots by adding a label to their profile. This feature is designed to help people better differentiate between automated accounts — like bots that retweet the news, public service announcements, or other updates — from those operated by humans. It’s not, however, designed to help users identify the “bad bots” which are those that pose as people, often to spread misinformation or spam. The company has been cont...
Tags: Social, Twitter, Technology, Congress, Tech, Ceo, Software, Computing, Api, Jack Dorsey, Senate Intelligence Committee, Dorsey, Kik Messenger, Twitter Today Twitter, Account Verification


Epic Games to shut down Houseparty in October, including the video chat ‘Fortnite Mode’ feature

Houseparty, the social video chat app acquired by Fortnite maker Epic Games for a reported $35 million back in 2019, is shutting down. The company says Houseparty will be discontinued in October when the app will stop functioning for its existing users; it will be pulled from the app stores today, however. Related to this move, Epic Games’ “Fortnite Mode” feature, which leveraged Houseparty to bring video chat to Fortnite gamers, will also be discontinued. Founded in 2015, Houseparty offered a w...
Tags: Android, Social, Mobile, Gaming, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Social Networking, Germany, Tech, Software, Computing, App-store, Exit, Epic Games, Online Games


Dispo launches a test to gauge user interest in selling their photos as NFTs

The photo-sharing app that emulates disposable cameras, Dispo started rolling out a test yesterday that will record user interest in selling photos as NFTs. Some users will now see a sell button on their photos, and when they tap it, they can sign up to be notified when the ability to sell Dispo photos launches. CEO and co-founder Daniel Liss told TechCrunch that Dispo is still deciding how it will incorporate NFT sales into the app, which is why the platform is piloting a test with its users. D...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, Ceo, Software, David, Computing, App-store, Freeware, Internet Culture, Operating Systems, Series A, NFT


Twitter wants you to tweet to interest-based communities, not just followers

Twitter is a useful place for following breaking news and keeping up with what the people you’re already interested in are doing, but its relative dearth of discovery features and a lack of organized community spaces make it pretty hard to connect with anyone you aren’t actively seeking out. The company is thinking about changing that. Twitter is on a tear with new features lately and its latest experiment, called Communities, is designed to make it easier to connect around shared interests. Use...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Social Networks, Social Media, Tech, Communities, Reddit, Social Network, Twitter com Twitter, David Regan


Twitter is testing big ol’ full-width photos and videos

Twitter is exploring ways to build a more visually immersive experience with its latest test, which brings edge-to-edge tweets to the app on iOS. Full-width images and videos track for the direction the company has shown some interest in going lately. Twitter introduced bigger images with improved cropping controls for its pair of mobile apps earlier this year, making plenty of photographers and other visual artists happy that the social network was suddenly a much friendlier platform for sharin...
Tags: Social, TC, Twitter, Photography, Tech, Visual Art, Social Network


Twitter rolls out paid subscription ‘Super Follows’ to let you cash in on your tweets

After opening applications in June, Twitter is rolling out Super Follows, its premium subscription option, starting today. The feature, first revealed in February, will allow users to subscribe to accounts they like for a monthly subscription fee in exchange for exclusive content. For creators, Super Follows are another useful tool in the emerging patchwork of monetization options across social platforms. Eligible accounts can set the price for Super Follow subscriptions, with the option of char...
Tags: Apple, Social, TC, Twitter, Tech, Monetization, Canada, United States, Creators, Jack Dorsey, Google Twitter, Substack, Mobile Applications, Creator Economy, Creator Tools, Patreon Twitter


Twitter is testing a new anti-abuse feature called ‘Safety Mode’

Twitter’s newest test could provide some long-awaited relief for anyone facing harassment on the platform. The new product test introduces a feature called “Safety Mode” that puts up a temporary line of defense between an account and the waves of toxic invective that Twitter is notorious for. The mode can be enabled from the settings menu, which toggles on an algorithmic screening process that filters out potential abuse that lasts for seven days. “Our goal is to better protect the individual on...
Tags: Social, TC, Twitter, Social Media, Tech, Software, Operating Systems, Text Messaging, Tweetdeck, Online Safety, Jarrod Doherty


LinkedIn is scrapping its Stories feature to work on short-form video

What do LinkedIn and Twitter have in common? They both introduced ephemeral story features that were pretty fleeting. LinkedIn announced today that it will suspend its Stories feature on September 30 and begin working on a different way to add short-form videos to the platform. LinkedIn announced to warn advertisers who might have already purchased ads that would run in between Stories. Those will instead be shared on the LinkedIn feed, but users who promoted or sponsored Stores directly from ...
Tags: Social, Apps, Instagram, Social Media, Linkedin, Tech, Stories, Stores, Li, Casey Newton, Fleets, Liz Li, LinkedIn Stories


Telegram tops 1 billion downloads

Popular instant messaging app Telegram has joined the elite club of apps that have been downloaded over 1 billion times globally, according to Sensor Tower. The Dubai-headquartered app, which was launched in late 2013, surpassed the milestone on Friday, the mobile insight firm told TechCrunch. As is the case with the app’s chief rival, WhatsApp, India is the largest market for Telegram. The world’s second largest internet market represents approximately 22% of its lifetime installs, Sensor Tower...
Tags: Google, Social, Apps, Indonesia, Russia, India, Tech, Whatsapp, Netflix, Dubai, Telegram, Sensor Tower


Instagram will require users to provide their birthday

Instagram will begin prodding users to share their birthday with the service, if they haven’t already done so. The company today announced it will now start popping up a notification that asks you to add your birthday to “personalize your experience.” But the prompt can only be dismissed a handful of times before becoming a requirement. The move is a part of Instagram’s larger goal to create new safety features aimed at younger users, the company explains. This includes the teen privacy protecti...
Tags: Google, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Teens, Privacy, Social Networking, Social Networks, Children, Social Media, Tech, Regulations, Mobile Apps, Teenagers


Clubhouse is adding spatial audio effects to make users feel like they’re really in the room

It’s been a busy summer for Clubhouse. The hit social audio app rolled out new messaging features and an Android app over the last few months and now the company is turning its attention to enhancing its core audio experience. Clubhouse announced Sunday that its rooms will now be infused with spatial audio to give the app’s listeners a richer sense of hanging out live with a group of other people. TechCrunch spoke with Clubhouse’s Justin Uberti about the decision to add spatial audio, which has ...
Tags: Google, Social, Startups, TC, Technology, Pink Floyd, Headphones, Api, Clubhouse, Uberti, High Fidelity, Stadia, Mobile Applications, Animal Crossing, Philip Rosedale, Social Audio


Move fast and break Facebook: A bull case for antitrust enforcement

Daniel Liss Contributor Share on Twitter Daniel Liss is the founder and CEO of Dispo, the digital disposable camera social network. More posts by this contributor Today’s real story: The Facebook monopoly This is the second post in a series on the Facebook monopoly. The first post explored how the U.S. Federal Trade Commission should define the Facebook monopoly. I am inspired by Cloudflare’s recent p...
Tags: Amazon, Social, TC, Facebook, Column, Mark Zuckerberg, Messenger, Twitter, Instagram, Yahoo, Etsy, Congress, Opinion, Government, Senate, White House


Stipop offers developers and creators instant access to a huge global sticker library

With more than 270,000 stickers, Stipop’s library of colorful, character-driven expressions has a little something for everyone. The company offers keyboard and social app stickers through ad-supported mobile apps on iOS and Android, but it’s recently focused more on providing stickers to developers, creators and other online businesses. “We were able to gather so many artists because we actually began as our own app that provided stickers,” Stipop co-founder Tony Park told TechCrunch. The team ...
Tags: Google, Android, Social, Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Asia, Coca Cola, Microsoft, Saudi Arabia, India, Tech, E-commerce, Gif, Park, Instant Messaging



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